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fadden and bill weir in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is a special edition of "nightline" -- tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >>> good evening. i'm terry moran. today the shattered community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green ribb ribbons, her favorite color. her sister jillian, already know what the world is remembering, saying you have been a hero to me for a lot longer than five days. you've been my big sister, the one i've always looked up to. among the mourners, family friend musician paul simon who performed "the sound of silence." s
. but in washington the debate is already beginning and today a key voice, a powerful voice was at last heard. >> the national rifle association. >> reporter: wayne lapierre, the long-time executive vice president of the nra, took to the podium in washington just an hour or so after the national moment of remembrance. for a week, the nra had been silent, uncharacteristically silent as their opponents lambasted them. >> change, change, change! >> reporter: today, lapierre fired back. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. but since when did the gun automatically become a bad word? i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> reporter: it was the classic nra crisis response. no retreat. no surrender. the answer to gun violence is, more guns, lapierre said, and rerailed against the very notion of gun-free school zones. >> they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> reporter: l
in washington, flags lowered to half staff. while back in newtown, true to the grim and all too familiar script of the mass shootings, a candlelight vigil. all day long as we watched the drama unfold here, adding to the shock in this community, the fact that this is such an unlikely venue for violence. a small, sleepy town, with a population of fewer than 30,000, the kind of bucolic new england place where people move precisely for the schools and the safety. >> like, should i be pinched to see if it really is real? i'd just -- heartwrenching. >> reporter: feels like a dream, a bad dream. >> it's a nightmare. >> reporter: for though lucky enough to be reunited with their children tonight, a wake-up call. >> count your blessings every day for what you have. >> reporter: alexis, i am really glad you're okay. really glad you're okay. you're pretty tough. you're pretty tough. she is a great kid and she's had a very tough day. and tonight, abc news has learned that the fbi is interviewing friend and family of the gunman not only here in connecticut but also in new jersey and in massachusetts as they
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